Roughly 11 years ago, we worked in collaboration with UBC Library Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) to build our first digital collection – German Consulate Fonds. Although we are uncertain of the chain of custody which resulted in the acquisition of these German Consulates records, existing documentation shows that the UBC University Librarian William Kaye Lamb acquired the records. We thus digitized the records before deaccessioning and returning them to the Vancouver German Consulate in 2011.
This featured project consists of 98 items which include correspondence, reports, and memoranda (1935-1939) of the Consul General, and Montreal office papers dating from 1919 and a few original documents from the Vancouver Consulate (1909-1911). There are copies of correspondence from the German Consulates in Ottawa, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Let’s explore the following categories of the Fonds and understand the trade relations between Canada and other countries:
The correspondence and papers concerned the boycott of German goods in Canada a few years before World War II started. The Canadian Federation of Democratic Associations issued this pamphlet to educate the public and raise awareness about the boycott of German drugs.
Apart from German drugs like Evipal tab, German papers including cigarette and condenser papers were not welcomed. The Fennia Imports Reg’d stated in this 1939 correspondence that “it is absolutely impossible for us to approach these buyers with German goods.”
Boykott, 1935 – 1939
Similar to Fennia Imports Reg’d, Franke, Levasseur & Co. Limited indicated in this correspondence that Canadian buyers were not interested in glasses made in Germany.
In this newspaper article titled “German-Canadians Urge Nazi Boycott”, the German-Canadian Peoples’ Society members expressed their opinions on Nazi Boycott and asked for a trade embargo with Germany.
Personal files consist of correspondence mainly concerning the claims of German firms for unpaid accounts. This letter from ACME Carbon & Ribbon Co. Ltd. informed the German Consulate that a draft for RM 674.23 was sent to Messrs. Metzkes & Nourney in 1938.
Weiss Import Company suggested to the German Consulate General to settle the claim of Mr. Alfred Auth of Ludenscheid in one of these three ways: (1) Weiss Import Company returning all cigarette cases and receiving refunds from Mr. Alfred Auth of Ludenscheid; (2) Weiss Import Company keeping cigarette cases and paying Mr. Alfred Auth of Ludenscheid $35; (3) Weiss Import Company receiving cigarette lighters and paying Mr. Alfred Auth of Ludenscheid $48.
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